JULY 9, 2017 


Two hundred thousand laptops will be distributed among students under fourth and fifth phases of Prime Minister's Youth Scheme beginning tomorrow.

Minister for Water and Power says PML-N greatly respects the courts.

Pakistan has again lodged strong protest with India for unprovoked firing on civilian population along the Line of Control.

Amritsar-based Sikh organization Dal Khalsa has urged world powers to help resolve Kashmir dispute.

Legendary soccer player Ronaldinho says Pakistan is a peaceful country and urged foreign players to visit the country to play.


The fourth and fifth phases of Prime Minister`s Youth Laptop scheme begin tomorrow.

Two hundred thousand laptops will be distributed among students of public sector higher education institutions across the country.

Students enrolled in Ph. D , MS, M Phil, Masters and Undergraduate courses are eligible to apply.

Special quota is reserved for students pursuing two or three-year Diploma of Associate Engineering programmes at government colleges and the students of intermediate, graduate and post-graduate programmes at public sector colleges or universities of FATA and Islamabad Capital Territory.

Disabled students are also placed in the reserved quota to benefit from the scheme.

Students can register their profiles with HEC by 30th of September.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Dasu tomorrow has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Fresh date for the visit will be announced later subject to weather condition.

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif says PML-N greatly respects the courts, as it has struggled very hard for independent judiciary.

Addressing a ceremony in Sialkot today, he said PML-N rendered great sacrifies for independence of judiciary and rule of law in the country.

Khawaja Asif said under vibrant leadership of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the country is going to make unprecedented development.

The Minister said economically stable and prosperous Pakistan is our destination and we will never compromise our goal.

Minister for Railways Saad Rafiq says PML-N will not let the wheel of democracy be reversed in the country.

Addressing a function in Lahore today, he said PML-N has struggled and rendered great sacrifices to strengthen democracy in Pakistan.

However, he regretted that certain elements do not want democracy to flourish in the country.

Saad Rafiq said besides strengthening democracy, the PML-N government has been successful in stabilizing economy, which has also been acknowledged by international financial agencies.

He said PTI Chairman Imran Khan is continuously evading accountability. He said Imran Khan is scared of presenting himself before Election Commission of Pakistan and for this reason, he is not providing details of foreign funding.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has rejected the baseless allegations against him being circulated by a section of the media.

According to Finance Minister's spokesman, Ishaq Dar has never given any assurance to the JIT during his appearance that he will furnish documentary evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The spokesman said that the finance minister is neither seeking US citizenship for himself and his family nor has he secretly married to a Member of the National Assembly

Finance Division has officially asked Governor State Bank to initiate an inquiry into the sharp deterioration of rupee-dollar exchange rate in the inter-bank market.

The Division has also directed to complete report in this regard within a period of ten days.

The rupee-dollar exchange rate in the inter-bank market deteriorated by 3.1 percent from 104.90 to 108.25 per US dollar on Wednesday last.

Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh today again and lodged a strong protest over further unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian forces in Chirikot and Satwal Sectors.

While condemning the unprovoked Indian firing, Director General SAARC Dr. Mohammad Faisal said three more civilians were martyred and one was injured by the Indian shelling on civilian population.

He said deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.

The Foreign Office official said Indian attempts to deflect international attention from worsening situation in Occupied Kashmir due to its repressive measures, by heating up the LoC, shall fail.

The 50th death anniversary of Madr-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah was observed with reverence today.

Various government and private institutions, political parties and women wings of many organizations arranged conferences and seminars to highlight the services rendered by Fatima Jinnah.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has been unanimously elected as Vice Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties.

The election took place at a meeting of the forum's Standing Committee, comprising twenty seven members, in Seoul.

Polling for by-election in constituency PS-114 Karachi ended in a peaceful manner and counting of votes has been started.

There were twenty seven candidates in the run but tough contest is expected among candidates of Pakistan Peoples Party, MQM Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz.

Meanehile, counting of votes is also in progress for by-election to Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly seat GBLA-4, Hunza Nagar-1.


Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the country has embarked upon road to progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

In a statement in Lahore today, he said 1320-megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in record period of twenty-two months.

A three-day anti polio campaign begins in twelve districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two tribal agencies tomorrow.

Sources of Provincial Health Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that more than three point two million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops.

In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has condemned curfew and other restrictions, imposed by Indian authorities across the territory on the first martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

In a joint statement in Srinagar, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said India has turned Jammu and Kashmir into a war zone.

The Amritsar-based Sikh organization Dal Khalsa leaders H S Dhami and Kanwar Pal Singh have paid great homage to Kashmiri youth Burhan Wani Shaheed.

In a statement, they urged the world powers to break their silence and intervene to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Trehgam area of Kupwara district on the third consecutive day, today, against the brutalities of Indian army and police.

A rally was held in Islamabad today to express solidarity with Kashmiris and to protest against the US announcement declaring Syed Salahuddin as terrorist.

Addressing the participants, speakers of the Jamaat-e-Islami-led rally said that India is committing atrocities against Kashmiris to suppress their indigenous struggle to attain the right to self-determination.

Ronaldinho-7 won the second match of the seven-a-side series against Team Giggs to secure a series win at Fortress Stadium, in Lahore today.

Ronaldinho 7 won the game against Giggs- 7 by 2-0.

The first goal of the game was scored by Riaz who was assisted by Boa Morte. Hassan Bashir scored the second goal on a brilliant pass from Ronaldinho.


Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country druing the next twelve hours.

However, rain/thunder-strom is expected at a few places of Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Zhob divisions and Kashmir.

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